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Wein trinken, Winzern helfen, und vom nächsten Urlaub träumen -

Drink wine, help winemakers and dream of your next vacation

Tadaaa… here comes the first blog post!

I thought for a long time what the concept for such a blog should look like. Ultimately, the thing should make sense, have added value and information content and remain interesting.
At regular intervals, people are introduced here who are breaking new ground, putting their ideas into practice, people who have and have had the courage to change.
Look forward to it, you will get to know a lot of great ways of thinking.
What does all this have to do with vintage?
Our vintage office follows the idea of ​​more sustainability and ethics.
We preserve things, reinterpret them and often give them a completely different purpose. Many old treasures with a lot of patina are experiencing a renaissance as photo props, as decoration in the home bar. Many a steel box spent its first life in industry and now has a job as a wooden box by the fireplace. Every part we send out into the world does not have to be produced again. This is good for the climate, and of course helps our buyers to express their creativity and live consciously.

Sustainability and tradition will have a place in all blog posts. Good and new things only come from the tried and tested, from experience and careful handling of the past and the future.


What I would like to introduce to you today

Today I would like to introduce you to a project that my long-time companion Ute Schoormann created from a very spontaneous and emotional idea. Their love for Mallorca, good wine and hospitality inspired them to create this project: 

Before Corona, Ute's life was that of a successful personnel service provider for the catering and hotel industries. Like so many in the events industry, your company K3-Services GmbH, located in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, had its economic plug pulled by the COVID19 pandemic. 

Ute Schoormann und Eva Strunz auf Mallorca
By chance she became aware of the situation of winemakers in Mallorca through her friend, German/Mallorcan wine merchant Eva Strunz. What was that like? In March 2020, life on the island came to a complete standstill due to the Corona lock-down. Spain announced the toughest exit regulations in Europe. Buying groceries, going to the pharmacy, that was only possible if it was absolutely important. Everything else was completely prohibited and subjected to heavy penalties. There was no more everyday life, no local sales of wines in the markets, no tourists, which are so vital to the survival of the smaller winemakers on Mallorca.

At the time Eva Strunz talked about the situation in Mallorca, the 2019 vintage was still largely unsold in barrels and tanks. The work in the wine fields for the 2020 vintage was not affordable and the wine fields were in danger of being left to their own devices. No sales of previous vintages and no future income from the current vintage. A more than critical situation.
Ute started the first campaign spontaneously for the Bodega de la Rubia and its winemakers, from her home office, so to speak. She quickly had pallets of wine transported to Cologne and Hamburg, converted her office into a wine warehouse with new shelves, and started selling Mallorcan organic wines - first by personal delivery to acquaintances and friends, now via an online shop - with success!
So the Mallorcan wine fields could be cultivated again and life went on. Help came at the very last moment and offered a real chance of survival for the winegrowers.
Europe is small, and if people come together and help each other through hardship through no fault of their own, then something can really be achieved. The initiative is constantly developing, with more winemakers and micro-entrepreneurs (ceramics, honey, salt, vinegar and oil) being added. Where wonderful wine grows, where winemakers live convincingly in their tradition and have a responsible understanding of new wine. It's mainly about the small winemakers who don't receive any subsidies and who don't make a living from the big distributors, the winemakers who have always managed to feed their families with their small, traditional wineries. Winegrowers who know almost every grape by name, where every step has been carried out for generations, where the love of the product is in the foreground, and every family member pitches in as best they can.
Helping can be very tasty and can make us look forward to our next vacation on the “German” favorite island.
And here's the shop:
Wine and vintage are basically best buddies.
What would a good wine be without tradition, a certain patina and a lot of experience - and a Cologne power woman.


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